www.oktopus.co.nz is launching soon!

Promoting a child/family-friendly New Zealand.

We aim to be the most comprehensive online database for families.

We hope to provide information to help juggle being a parent/caregiver here in New Zealand.

Perhaps you are searching for a local sports club, tutor, hairdresser, playgroup, party venue, doctor or activity.

Or maybe you are travelling and seeking out what to do to entertain the family both on route and at your destination.

Oktopus is an online and mobile friendly site that showcases everything family friendly surrounding your current location.

You can also search for and save your favourite places and events.


If you know a someone or somewhere that caters for children and families, that fits within our below website outline, then let us know their contact details so that we can promote them. Listing with us is FREE!


Academics – Classes, Tutors etc. English, Maths, Reading, Science, Spelling, Writing etc.

Arts & Crafts – Classes, Groups etc. Cooking, Drawing, Fine Art, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Writing etc.

Community Events – Carnivals, Exhibitions, Fairs, Festivals, Fundraisers, Social Gatherings etc.

Community Groups – Charity/Volunteer Groups, Parents Groups, Playgroups, Political Groups, Religious Groups, Youth Groups etc.


Family Attractions – Action Games, Adventure Parks, Amusement Centres, Cinema/Movies, Culture & Heritage (Galleries, Museums, Tours etc.), Leisure Centre, Mazes, Nature & Wildlife (Aquariums, Encounters, Farm Parks, Tours, Zoos etc.), Puzzle Solving/Treasure Hunts, Swimming Pools, Theme Parks etc.

Games & Hobbies – Board/Card Games, Collecting, Hobbies, Modelcraft etc.

Performing Arts – Circus, Concerts, Dance (Ballet, Belly, Contemporary, Funk, Hip Hop, Irish, Jazz, Pole, etc.), Live Performers, Magic, Music (Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, Singing, Violin, etc.), Puppetry, Theatre etc.

Self Defence

Special Needs

Sports & Exercise – Classes, Clubs, Coaches, Events etc. Aviation/Air, Bat/Club/Racquet/Stick and Ball, Bicycle, Climbing, Combat, Cue, Equine, Exercise / Weights, Fishing, Foot and Ball, Gymnastics/Marching, Hand and Ball, Ice and Snow, Mixed Discipline, Motorised, Running/Walking, Skate/Street Sports, Water Sports, Weapon etc.

Technology – Computing, Robotics etc.

Transport – Trains etc.



Food – Bakery, Café, Coffee Cart, Dairy, Restaurant, Supermarket etc.

Natural NZ – Beaches, Cycle Tracks, Gardens, Heritage Trails, Picnic Spots, Swimming Holes, Walking Tracks, Waterfalls, Wildlife Encounters etc.

Parks / Playgrounds – Bike Park/Track, Playground, Scooter Park/Track, Skate Park/Track etc.

Shopping – Child Friendly Shops (with play spaces or toyboxes), Markets, Shopping Centres etc.

Transport – Airport, Bus Stop, Petrol Station, Rental Car, Shuttle, Taxi, Tram, Train, Water Transport etc.

Useful Locations – A&E, After Hours Doctor, ATM, Information Site, Pharmacy, Rest Stop, Toilets etc.



Amusement Hire – Bouncy Castles, Rides etc.

Attire / Appearance – Clothing (Special Occasions), Costumes, Hair, Make-Up etc.

Event Planners

Food – Cakes, Cake Decorating, Cake Tin Hire, Catering, Food Machine Hire, Ice Cream Van Hire

Live Entertainment – Balloon Artist, Clown, DJ, Facepainting, Fairy, Hair Braiding, Magician, Nail Art, Petting Zoo etc.


Photographers – Newborn, Baby, Child, Event, Family etc.

Supplies – Bags, Invitations, Stationery, Tablewear etc.



Professionals – Doctor, Dentist, Lawyer, Midwife, Optometrist, Orthodontist, Pharmacist, Podiatrist etc.

Services – Hairdresser etc.

Special Needs / Disability Support

Support Services – Children’s Advocates, Eating Disorders, Government Agencies, Helplines, Plunket, Separation & Divorce etc.

Therapists – Acupuncture, Alternative Therapies, Aromatherapy, Chiropractic Therapist, Counselling, Dietary Therapist, Drug Therapist, Exercise Therapist, Massage Therapist, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Occupational Therapist, Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Psychologist, Speech & Language Therapist etc.



Backpackers & Hostels

Bed & Breakfast

Boutique & Lodge


Holiday Homes

Holiday Parks & Camping Grounds





In Your Home Childcare – Au-Pair, Babysitter, In-Home Care, Nanny etc.

Pre-School Childcare – Daycare, Early Learning Centre, Holiday Programmes, In-Home Care, Kindergarten, Playcentre, Playgroup etc.

School Aged – After School Care, Before School Care, Holiday Programmes, Primary School, Secondary School etc.


For large groups of children, kindergartens sports teams, schools etc.

Fundraising Ideas

Grants Information

Group Accommodation

Group Transport

Group Trips

Group Visitors – People / Businesses who are available to perform/visit at kindergartens and schools etc.